"Unbound, Unbroken"



Testament to the rules that we set for ourselves, the rules that we bind our lives with. We use these rules as excuses, they are there readily to catch us when we are too fearful to push forward. Straight defined lines, the triangle is structure and rules, a flat dimension that is caging the flighty heart. Rules become entangled with our being. We are bound to some, and push through others. Push for the moon, a shining entity that represents something seemingly out of reach, yet its light shines on us. Push for that shining ethereal moon.

Be unbound.

Be unbroken.



"Unbound, Unbroken" was one of my first adventures with oil paint without utilizing those fast-drying acrylics, and I loved every minute of it.


Blue jays have always been a personal symbol of mine, years of watching them flutter between the tress have made my heart quite fond of them. I thought that this greyscale blue jay (though upon first glance, most people assume it is a raven) would pair nicely with a big ethereal-looking crescent gem, shattered yet still bound.


This piece allowed me to play with the battle of detail and texture, giving and taking in different areas. Glaze layers on the stones helped me to build up a luminous quality that is especially special in person.


Thanks for listening, stay magical!


- Danielle

Want to know the materials I use to create my paintings?

Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colour Paint - https://amzn.to/2GeXEu2
Gamblin Artist's Oil Colors - https://amzn.to/2WCEnZk

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Liquitex White Gesso - https://amzn.to/2MM0gAy

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Danielle Trudeau creates paintings that walk the line between dreams and reality, infusing magic into every day life.

Wildlife often graces her canvases, brought to life with a spark of magic and oil paint.